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Groundbreaking tool offers clearest view of freight trends

Pricing freight is all about supply and demand, and nothing lets you measure the markets faster than DAT's Hot Market Maps. Whether you're a broker who needs to know where trucks are hard to find or a carrier looking for where you'll have a negotiating advantage, Hot Market Maps provide the most up-to-date view of available loads versus trucks for every freight market. And now you can do even more. The latest update… Read More

Truckload rates halt 8-week slide

Van and reefer rates are stabilizing, after falling for eight straight weeks. The national average van rate held steady, and van volumes are actually higher now than they were at this time last year. The national averages for reefers and… Read More

Pros and cons: Brokered vs. direct shipper freight

The kind of freight you choose to haul, whether it's through a broker or direct from a shipper, is an individual decision that is determined by a person's wants, needs and goals. I choose to work just with brokers, and February marked my seventh year pulling only spot market loads. Every month I compare my average loaded rate per mile with the national average… Read More

Good news for reefers: California has plenty of water

California experienced a 3-year period of exceptional drought in 2014-2016, but this year the state has plenty of water. The snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is the fifth largest in the past 40 years, and many of the state's reservoirs are at above-average levels. The… Read More

Spot market demand heats up out West

The spot market continues to offer a mixed bag. Van volumes got a late-winter boost on the West Coast, which led to higher rates on many high-traffic lanes, but it wasn't enough to lift prices in the interior of the country. As a result, we saw continued decline in the national average rates for vans, reefers and flatbeds. That's a typical trend for this time of year, but… Read More

Is the spot market sputtering or stabilizing?

At first glance, it looks like the van spot market took a step back last week. Rates fell in most of the top 100 van lanes, but the big drops were all in lanes where rates rose in the prior week due to snow that closed mountain passes on those routes. The core lanes from top markets remained constant. One positive sign is that February van volumes are up almost 10% higher than last February, a month when rates are typically down.… Read More

Driver shortage or truck surplus?

You’ve likely heard reports that there’s a shortage of drivers in the trucking industry. There have also been reports that a… Read More

3 new tax rules could save you thousands

How big will your tax refund be this year? Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act — which applies to the 2018 tax year — most taxpayers will see a reduction in their total tax bill for 2018. There are 3 significant changes to the tax code that should let taxpayers keep more of their money this year, in most cases: Higher standard deduction Doubling of the Child Tax Credit Lower tax rates in most… Read More

Carriers score record-high profits and record-low bankruptcies in 2018

The annual reports have all rolled in from publicly traded transportation companies, and it's obvious that 2018 was a record-setting year in many ways. Trucking companies of all sizes enjoyed unparalleled financial success in 2018, with the largest increases in total revenues and operating profits. Freight rates rose faster and higher than ever before — or at least since deregulation in the 1980s — as demand grew and ELDs… Read More

Spot van rates poised for a rebound

We're still deep in the slow season, but spot market trends are actually running about a month ahead of schedule. There's been seasonal weakness, but we're already seeing volumes firming up, which is something we don't usually expect until mid-March. In other words, rates are gearing up for a rebound. While DAT predicted in early December that the spot market in Q1 would be weaker than in previous winters, trends are already… Read More

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